Hitler’s Africa in the East: Italian Colonialism as a Model for German Planning in Eastern Europe

  title={Hitler’s Africa in the East: Italian Colonialism as a Model for German Planning in Eastern Europe},
  author={Patrick Bernhard},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={61 - 90}
Since Hannah Arendt’s essay on the ‘Origins of Totalitarianism’ in 1951, there has been a vivid scholarly debate about a nexus between Imperial Germany’s colonial endeavours in Africa and the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe. Some historians have gone so far as to draw a direct line from the colonial massacres of Windhoek to those committed at Auschwitz. Yet my article suggests a different answer to the question of historical continuities: in its plans for Poland and the Soviet Union, the… 

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